3 Fun Staycation Card Games

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During lockdown I’m sure you are all finding you have a lot of down time to fill. My family and I love card games and find it’s a great way to pass the time and get everyone involved, and it's also a lot of fun!

I have chosen my 3 favourite card games for you all to try. You may play differently or have other rules but this is the way my family and I like to play them.

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Spoons 
This is how my family plays your rules could be different.

Name of the game is to make a sequence of either 7,6 or 5 (depending on the number of players) of the same suit. Once you have got a sequence you grab a spoon as quick as you can. Once someone has grabbed a spoon all other players are allowed to grab a spoon as fast as possible. The slowest person left with no spoon is the loser. This can result in a consequence which the other players will decide. My family’s consequence is a tap on the hand with a spoon from each player. 
Decks: It is best to use a pack of 104 (two standard 52-card packs shuffled together, without any jokers).

Players
: From three to eight may play
Spoons: For the number of players you will need 1 less spoon (so if there was 4 players you will only need 3 spoons). They should be layed out together in the centre of the table where every player can reach them. For safety precautions only use spoons do not use other utensils (fork or knife). 

The Deal:
First dealer is chosen randomly in first hands then deal passes to the left. The number of cards the dealer gives out depends on the number of players, for three or four players deal seven each for five or six players deal six each and for seven or eight players deal five each. The remainder of the cards is placed next to the dealer as they will use this to pick up a new card. 
Play: The dealer starts of by picking up a card from the remainder pile of cards if they do not want the card they pass it on to the next person going clockwise starting a discard pile. The person next to the dealer then picks up from the dealers discard pile and if they do not want this card they then start a discard pile to the next person and this goes on through all players clockwise. The trick is to pass on cards as fast as possible but you must always have at least 7,6 or 5 cards in your hand depending on the amount of players you are playing with. The last person (right to the dealer) makes their own discard pile next them but no one picks up from this pile until the dealer has run out of cards to choose from then they can pick up from the last discard pile (player right to the dealer). If you pick up a card and want to keep it you may throw out a different card you don’t need or pick up another card from the pile you are collecting from. You can have more cards in your hand than what you are dealt but can not have less
 
Gin 
This is how my family and I play your rules can be a bit different.

Players: 3-4 per deck 
You will need a piece of paper and pen to keep track of the rounds and points 
Deck: Standard 52 deck with a King as the highest card and an ace as the lowest. Face cards are worth 10 points each, number cards are worth their face value, and an ace is worth one point.
Goal: Collect sets with three or four of a kind, or three or more consecutive cards of the same suit and put them in front of you, face up so other players can see and add to them (this can only be done on your turn). The game is played over 13 rounds and the gin card changes every round. The person at the end of all 13 rounds with the lowest points wins 

The Gin Card:
The gin card has the power to be any number or picture card. The gin card changes each round there are 13 different cards (Ace, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K). You start the first round at Ace (so there fore the first gin card will be all the Aces) and work your way up. The gin card is worth 20 points so you don’t want to be caught with one in your hand at the end of the game. 
Set up: Choose a dealer randomly to deal the first round. Throughout the game, the person left to the dealer deals the next game. Shuffle the deck and deal 7 cards to each player but if you are dealer deal yourself 8 cards as you will be chucking one out at the end of your turn starting a discard pile. The remaining cards will be put face down next to the discard pile to form a draw pile. Players then look and sort their cards while waiting for the dealer to finish their turn. 
Rules: when your turn you must pick up off the draw pile first before doing anything when it is your turn you can put down any pairs of 3 or 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit. You do not have to throw out on the discard pile every turn only if you are able to. If you are going to throw out on the discard pile it has to be either the same number or the same suit as the table card. Once you have thrown out on the discard pile that is your turn over. If you and another player have a set or sequence down you are then able to add cards from your hand to their set/sequence they have on the table in front of them. If you have used a gin card to form a set or sequence and your opponent has the card the gin card is replacing, they can place that card and take the gin card but only if they have a set or sequence down in front of them. At the end of each hand the person who got rid of all their cards first is the winner of that hand and all other players must count up the total of their remaining cards ( remember face cards are worth 10 point and ace is worth 1 ).  

Last card 
The game is played with at least one full deck of cards depending on the number of people involved. The game may require up to 4 or 5 decks if played with enough people. There are specialized cards which do various things.

Cards:
Ace: Changes the suit to anything the person wants. An ace can be played on any suit. (Ex. An Ace of hearts can be played on a 4 of spades. This is the only card that can be played in this fashion).
 5: A 5 means the next player will have to draw 5 cards unless he has a 5 card of his own. In that case the next person would have to draw 10 cards and if that person has a 5 then the next person in line would have to draw 15 cards and it keeps progressing this way.
 2: Same rules as a 5 except of 5 cards being drawn it is only 2.
 10: A 10 card skips the next person.
 7:  A 7 card reverses the order of play. If play has been advancing around the table in a clockwise motion and a 7 card is played then the play will resume in counter-clockwise.

Rules: The deck is shuffled and each player receives 5 cards. The dealer decides which way the play will commence (clockwise or counter-clockwise) and flips over the top card from the draw pile. Play can not start on a special card "Ace, 2, 5, 7, or a 10." If a special card is flipped over then it will need to be shuffled back into the deck and a new top card is drawn.

Then the next person in line has to play a card with the same face value of the flipped over card or a card with the same suit. (Ex. A 6 of hearts is the top card. A player can play a 6 of another suit or any heart card). An Ace of any suit can also be played to change the suit. A person can only play once per turn unless they have multiples of a card. (Ex. If a player has 4 Kings they can lay down all 4 infront of them and then throw out another card if they choose in one turn).

If a person can not play he is to draw the top card from the pile. Play commences this way until a person is down to one card. When this happens the person is to say "Last Card" to let the rest of the players know that he is one play away from winning. The player doesn't necessarily have to have only one card in his hand. (Ex. A player says "Last Card" if he has a pair of 6's in his hand). This must be said In order to win.

When a person goes out it is the choice of the remaining players to finish the game or to end it right there. The person that won the game is the shuffler and dealer for the next game. 

Let us know in the comments some card games you love to play!

 


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